Two Bank Holidays and a a mixed bag of weather! May has been quite a month.

Thunder & lightning, bright, breezy days and purple skies are the highlights of the month. The Rhododendrons are as stunning as ever, the bluebells are still in flower and the foxgloves are beginning to unfurl. This month on social media I have been reflecting on the contrasts on the park in how we manage the landscape here at Warren Forest.

We balance beautifully landscaped and ornamental areas, such as the Putting Green, with carefully untamed areas of longer grasses and wild flowers to support the bird and wildlife. An important feature of the park is the natural outcrops of large and small rocks that are overspill from the National Trust site Brimham Rocks.

The log piles, longer grasses and wildflowers are all carefully managed to support, encourage and enhance the nature that we are lucky to have in abundance here in the heart of Nidderdale. Clear pathways through our woodlands, create safe places to walk with a dog on a short lead to ensure the protection of the small animals and birds inhabiting these areas.

With benches dotted around the park and within Jeffrey Wood, we hope you enjoy pausing and taking a moment to relax and enjoy the sound of birdsong and the environment that we work hard to protect.

I also had the opportunity to spend a few hours at The World Heritage Site of Fountains Abbey this month. A spectacularly sunny morning made for some great photographs. Only a short drive from Warren Forest and with free entry for National Trust Members, I recommend a visit!

Finally, thank you to everyone who has sent in photographs this month. We love receiving them.